WPT Final Table Live Stream Commentators Still In Action
Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
WPT Champions Club Member and recent WSOP November Niner Matt Giannetti gives a brief interview to the WPT cameras during the last break. Giannetti is still alive with an above-average stack of 565,000 (113 big blinds).
Tony Dunst (right) and Darryll Fish (foreground left) started the day seated at the same table with 55 players left. They both survived the money bubble and are still alive with three tables remaining, though Fish is short-stacked with just 70,000 (14 big blinds). Dunst is above average with 450,000 (90 big blinds).
Dunst hosts the Raw Deal segment on the WPT television show, and is also the lead analyst for the WPT Final Table Live Stream. Fish is the player-commentator that is scheduled to join him in the booth for the six-player WPT Final Table.
Of course, both players are hoping to reach the final table as players instead, forcing the WPT to find replacement commentators to turn the tables and comment on their play.
Photo:Robert Gorodetsky (right) contemplates the river bet from WPT Live Stream Analyst Tony Dunst (left).
With the board showing AK8J on the turn, Tony Dunst bets 36,000 from late position, and Robert Gorodetsky calls from the cutoff.
The river card is the 9, Dunst bets 81,000, and Gorodetsky tanks for a while before he seems to reluctantly call.
Dunst flips over A9 for two pair, aces and nines, and Gorodetsky frustratingly turns over KJ for a lower two pair, kings and jacks. Dunst wins the pot as Gorodetsky appears to be somewhat tilted -- though the break has started, and he'll have time to cool down.
Tony Dunst - 415,000 (103 BBs)
Robert Gorodetsky - 268,000 (67 BBs)
Photo:Tony Dunst (center) stands as he watches the dealer put out the river card. Andrew Touchette is partially obstructed on the left.
Andrew Touchette raises from early position and Tony Dunst reraises to 14,000 from middle position. Action folds back around to Touchette and he reraises to 29,000. Dunst thinks a bit, then announces he is all-in.
Touchette asks for a count and learns it is an additional 93,000 to call. He thinks for a while, then calls with JJ. Dunst is out front with QQ.
The board runs out A323A and Dunst's queens hold to give him the pot and the double up.
Tony Dunst - 270,000 (90 BBs)
Andrew Touchette - 118,000 (39 BBs)
Darren Elias started Day 2 as the overall chipleader with 213,600. At the end of the day, Elias was still near the top of the leaderboard, second in chips with 636,000.
In one of the craziest situations in World Poker Tour history, Zack Bird (not pictured) moved all in blind from the button -- before the cards were even dealt. Bird was serious, and a floorperson ruled that the action was binding unless someone raised the big blind ahead of him.
Matt Brady (third from left) woke up with QQ and doubled up thru Bird's J10. As the dealer was counting down the chip stacks, Bird got up to leave. The dealer told him he still had some chips left, but Bird said he didn't want them. Bird abandoned his stack (worth five big blinds), and it blinded off without him.
Day 2 began with five players under the age of 21 still in the running to win the customized surfboard. Barnes started the day as chipleader in that demographic (and fifth overall) with 145,600. Unfortunately, Barnes had a rough Day 2, and was eliminated before the dinner break.
Daniel Buzgon (center) is practically an old man compared to Robert Gorodetsky (left) and Glenn Fishbein (right). Buzgon is 27, while Gorodetsky and Fishbein are two of the remaining 18-20 year olds competing for the customized surfboard.
Allen Kessler (right) looks bored as he waits for the big blind (foreground, left) to call or fold to the all in of Tony Dunst (center). The board showed 873103, and the big blind eventually folded. Dunst showed Q9 -- a queen-high bluff.
Reigning WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger (left, in blue) got to see this year's POY race play out in front of him as he shared a table with Joe Serock (top right, in black) and Will Failla (foreground, right).
Failla has led the POY race for most of the season, but Serock passed him last week with his second straight third-place WPT finish. Serock was eliminated late in the day, but Failla survived to Day 3, and will pick up more POY points if he cashes.
Brian Hastings (left) had flopped a set of kings on a board of AK3, and Richard Grant moved all in dark before the turn card hit. Hastings waited to see the 8 hit the turn before he called, and Grant turned over 33 for a lower set. The set of kings held up for Hastings, and Grant was eliminated.
After the hand, James Dempsey (right) asked Hastings why he waited to see the turn card before calling. "Brian, what turn card do you fold to?" Hastings laughed along with everyone else.
Late in the day, James Dempsey (left) and Shawn Cunix were side-by-side and both near the top of the leaderboard -- Dempsey with 425,000, and Cunix with 377,000. While Dempsey stacked his chips high, Cunix went for shorter stacks spread out over a wide area.
With the board showing K427, Matt Giannetti (left) checked, and Byron Kaverman (right) bet 85,000 into a pot worth about 130,000. Giannetti tanked for five full minutes before he folded, and Kaverman took the pot. This photo may as well be video, because both players sat silent and motionless the entire time.
With 10 minutes left at the end of the day, the tournament clock was stopped and a card was drawn to determine how many more hands would be played. Will Failla organized a small pool where players bet $100 each on the number of hands. The card was the 5, and as you can see by his celebration, that was Failla's number.
In one of the final hands of the night, Danny Shiff was all in preflop with KK against the A4 of Tony Parille. It was a roller-coaster hand, as Parille flopped a flush draw and turned a pair of aces, only to see Shiff saved by a king on the river.
Alistair Melville (left) survived the day with a short stack, and showed a little chip-stack envy as he took a cellphone pic of James Dempsey's tower of chips. (Dempsey finished the day with 404,500.)
Farid Jattin emerged as the chipleader heading into the dinner break with 484,000 -- at a time when only one other player had reached 300,000 (David Tuthill had 310,000). Jattin's momentum continued after dinner, and he finished as chipleader with 718,000.
Day 2 came to an end with about 55 players remaining. Here are the top 10 from the leaderboard:
1. Farid Jattin - 718,000
2. Darren Elias - 636,000
3. Shawn Cunix - 411,000
4. James Dempsey - 404,500
5. David Tuthill - 381,000
6. Peter Campo - 341,500
7. Will Failla - 335,000
8. Byron Kaverman - 292,000
9. Barry Hutter - 275,000
10. Matt Giannetti - 274,500
Day 3 begins tomorrow (Monday) at 2:00 pm ET. Once again, it is NOT a noon start, so players can sleep in a little longer if they'd like. The field will play five 90-minute levels, with a one-hour dinner break after the third level of the day.
Return to WPT.com for live coverage as the field bursts the bubble on Monday as they get closer and closer to Wednesday's televised WPT Final Table.
Tony Dunst min-raises from middle position to 4,000, and the small blind calls. The flop comes KJ10, the small blind bets 5,000, Dunst raises to 16,000, and the small blind moves all in.
Dunst calls with AJ for a pair of jacks with the ace-high flush draw. He would have a gutshot Royal Flush draw, but the small blind turns over KQ -- a pair of kings with an open-ended straight draw and one out to a straight-flush draw (since Dunst has the ace of hearts).
The turn is the 7, the river pairs the board the board with the K, and Tony Dunst wins the pot with an ace-high flush to eliminate the small blind.
Zack Bird abandoned his chip stack with 6,200 left, a little more than five big blinds. His stack was eventually depleted before the break, so he has been officially eliminated from the tournament.
David Diaz (far left) and Matt Brady (center) continue to play on without him.
Allen Kessler (right) looks bored as he waits for the big blind (foreground, left) to call or fold to the all in of Tony Dunst (center). The big blind would eventually fold, and Dunst would show Q9 on a board of 873103 -- a queen-high bluff.